Monday, December 28, 2009

Governor Perdue Places Friendly Independence Bowl Wager with Governor Rick Perry

Governor Sonny Perdue placed a friendly wager with Texas Governor Rick Perry over the outcome of today’s Independence Bowl game between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and Texas A&M University Aggies.

“In 2007, Governor Perry graciously flew the Georgia flag at the Texas Capitol after the Warner Robins Little Leaguers defeated Texas for the U.S. championship in route to their World Series title,” said Governor Perdue. “Now in the Christmas Season Governor Perry is seeking to redeem himself with another wager. However, I am confident that Coach Richt and the Bulldogs will deliver for Georgia and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.”

In the spirit of friendly competition both Governors agreed to wager food supplies for a local food pantry. When Georgia defeats Texas A&M, Governor Perdue will donate the winnings to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Governor Perry however had a different take on the outcome of tonight’s game.

“Georgia has a tremendous football program, but they’re going to find out the hard way just why Texas is the center of the football universe,” Gov. Perry said. “As an Aggie myself, you might say I’m biased, but I’ve seen this team grow each week under Coach Sherman, and I know the Aggies will take home a victory and send the Bulldogs back home to Georgia.”

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is located at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. Donations can also be made online at

"We are grateful to Governor Perdue, not only for his confidence in our Georgia Bulldogs, but in the his gesture to support our work of helping those most in need,” said Bill Bolling, Executive Director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “We consider this a win-win situation and want to thank both governors for making this a wager that works for everyone."

The Independence Bowl takes place in Shreveport, La. This year’s game begins at 5 p.m. EDT.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Georgia Tech Athletic Department Launches First Mobile App

/PRNewswire/ -- Marking its first foray into the mobile arena, Georgia Tech's Athletic Department released today a free mobile app covering football and men's and women's basketball. Produced in-house by Georgia Tech sports information and marketing staff using Whoop's web-based Creative Studio (, Georgia Tech's rich media mobile app is designed to work on many different mobile phones, offering up-to-the-minute live updates of games, news feeds, team and player statistics, schedules, audio and video highlights, and links to ticket sales. There's also direct access to Athletic Director Dan Radakovich's "The Good Word" blog.

"Like many college athletic departments, Georgia Tech has been bombarded with pitches from mobile web site builders and iPhone app developers," said Wayne Hogan, associate athletic director for public relations. "Because of its limitations, a mobile web site wasn't our first priority and building just an iPhone app didn't make sense strategically because it would have excluded many of our students, alumni, fans and media who carry other mobile devices, like Blackberry or Windows Mobile phones. So when we saw Whoop's do-it-yourself mobile platform in action, which lets us build and control our own mobile channel and reach all different types of phones, we jumped at the opportunity."

"As one of the world's premier institutes of higher learning and a perennial sports leader in the ACC with rabidly passionate football and basketball fans, Georgia Tech is an ideal client for us," said Jeff Wilson, EVP of sales and marketing of Whoop. "With this new mobile app, Tech fans will be able to stay engaged with their teams wherever and whenever they want. It's like having their own personal college sports channel on their mobile phone."

Georgia Tech's mobile app was built in the Whoop Creative Studio, a web-based platform that's as easy to use as PowerPoint. In opening up mobile app creation to non-developers, Whoop makes it simple for schools, companies, agencies and organizations to produce and publish their own mobile channels, quickly and affordably.

To download the Georgia Tech mobile app, text the word "Jackets" to 53000 and follow the instructions. Standard messaging rates apply.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Special Olympics Georgia Receives $80,000 Grant From the UPS Foundation

/PRNewswire/ -- Special Olympics Georgia received an $80,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS) . The grant will be used to support the year-round program of training and competition in 23 Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Georgia. Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) offers five State Games each year and over 500 local (county) meets, tournaments and competitions and offers opportunities for thousands of volunteers. This grant from UPS will enable SOGA to continue to offer programming to almost 23,000 athletes at no cost to the individual or their family!

Georgia Milton-Sheats, Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Georgia, said, "Special Olympics Georgia is thrilled to be the recipient of a grant from The UPS Foundation. We admire the high energy and high level of enthusiasm the UPS volunteers show at all Special Olympics events and the athletes love it to! We are thankful to have a strong working partnership with UPS and value our relationship and everything that UPS does to support the 22,769 children and adults involved in Special Olympics Georgia."

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identified specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic & global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.

In 2008, The UPS Foundation distributed $46.9 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations such as Special Olympics Georgia and provide support for building stronger communities.

"The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities - so we are proud to support Special Olympics Georgia's efforts," said Ken Sternad, President of The UPS Foundation.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Limited Two-Day Kentucky Derby, Oaks Ticket Packages Go on Sale Wednesday at Tickets.Churchilldowns.Com

(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the first time in its storied history, Churchill Downs will give the general public an opportunity to purchase special two-day ticket packages to its world-famous Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks via the racetrack’s new online box office,

A limited number of seats – 3,000 for Oaks Day on Friday, April 30 and 3,000 for Derby Day on Saturday, May 1 – have been allocated for this online exclusive and will go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 16 at noon EST.

Prices for the two-day bundled seat packages range from $172 for individual first floor grandstand bleacher seats on both days to $6,390 for a six-seat box in the third floor clubhouse with daily access to the exclusive Secretariat Lounge.

“The Kentucky Derby and its sister race, the Kentucky Oaks, are extraordinary spectacles that people all over the world hope to experience at least once in their lifetime,” said Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Racetrack president. “This holiday season, we’ve set aside approximately 6 percent of our inventory to make it easier for the Louisville community, sports fans and entertainment seekers to obtain these usually hard-to-get reserved seats through our new and convenient online box office.

“For the last few years, we’ve tried to make more tickets available to the general public through last minute ticket lotteries and select on-track promotions. People camped out overnight in the cold and waited in long lines just to have a chance to grab Derby tickets in our on-track lottery. They don’t have to do that now; the tickets are just a mouse-click away. This is a more convenient continuation of that effort, with modest and premium price points available in our supply.”

This online exclusive offer will include third-floor clubhouse box seats in sections 312-314 (50 boxes or 300 seats); first-floor clubhouse box seats in section 111 (166 boxes or 996 seats); second-floor grandstand bleacher seats in sections 222-225 (300 seats); and first-floor grandstand bleacher seats in sections 121-128 (1,404 seats). Those who want to purchase box seats must purchase the entire box, which includes seats for six.

The third-floor clubhouse box seat packages include admission to the luxurious Secretariat Lounge, an exclusive, upscale, indoor hospitality area that will feature premium gourmet food, an open bar, televisions, betting kiosks and live music between races.

Customers can also advance purchase general admission tickets to the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands for $40 and the Kentucky Oaks for $25.

Ticket prices vary based on location. There is a purchase limit of six seats or one box per order. Tickets must be purchased with a Visa credit or debit card. Minimal ticket processing charges will apply.

This offer is exclusive to; no sales will be made in person or by submitting letters, e-mail or telephone calls to Churchill Downs.

Two-Day Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Reserved Seat Tickets (Limit 6 Per Person)

First-Floor Grandstand Bleacher Seats

(Sections 121-128; total of 1,404 seats)

* Section 128 – $172 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 127 – $183 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 126 – $188 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 125 – $195 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 124 – $197 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 123 – $200 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 122 – $202 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 121 – $207 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)

Second-Floor Grandstand Bleacher Seats

(Sections 222-225; total of 300 seats)

* Section 225 – $214 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 224 – $218 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 223 – $222 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 222 – $225 per seat (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)

First-Floor Clubhouse Box Seats

(Section 111; total of 166 boxes or 996 seats)

* Section 111 – $1,500 per six-seat box (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)

Third-Floor Clubhouse Box Seats with Access to Exclusive Secretariat Lounge

(Sections 312-314; total of 50 boxes or 300 seats)

* Section 312 – $6,132 per six-seat box (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 313 – $6,204 per six-seat box (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)
* Section 314 – $6,390 per six-seat box (includes Oaks Day and Derby Day)

It has never been easier to purchase tickets to Churchill Downs, thanks to the fresh technology at The easy-to-navigate, one-stop shop Website designed by SeatAdvisor, Inc. allows patrons to seamlessly view, choose and purchase exact reserved seat locations throughout the vast facility.

In addition to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, customers can purchase packages to other 2010 events at Churchill Downs, including six “Downs After Dark” nighttime racing events scheduled for June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2, Oct. 31 and Nov. 19.

Customers are advised to visit frequently as inventory is continually added.

Purchasers of tickets through this online offer will agree to not resell these tickets at a premium in excess of the amount shown on the ticket or to package these tickets for resale together with hospitality, travel or other services and to not purchase – either directly or indirectly – more than the “per person” ticket limit (six seats) established for this online offer. Churchill Downs reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel ticket purchases, including without limitation, voiding online transactions and refunding amounts paid by persons violating these conditions of sale. See for the complete terms and conditions of this online offer.

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will host the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 1 and the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, April 30. The track will conduct its 2010 Spring Meet from Saturday, April 24 through Sunday, July 5. Churchill Downs is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5 and 6, 2010. Churchill Downs tickets are available at or by calling (502) 636-4400. Additional information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run Scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2009

It’s that time of year again; the time to register to be a part of the Southeast’s most exciting bridge run, the Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run on Saturday, December 5, 2009. Learning more about the Bridge Run just got a whole lot easier with the launch of the newly redesigned Web site,

The Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run is an annual event attracting thousands of participants, race enthusiasts and funseekers from Savannah, the Lowcountry and across the U.S. each
year. The Bridge Run gives participants the chance to cross Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge, a 1.4-mile span at a 5.5% grade, 196 feet above the Savannah River, on foot.

The Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run has something for everyone – races, awards, and a fun
after-race party with food, refreshments, music and more. It features the LIFESTATS 5K Run/Walk, a 10K Run, a Double-Pump Race, a Team Challenge, the Double-Pump Team Challenge and a 1/4 mile Kids Run.

Friends, family, fans and race spectators are invited to join us as we cheer on the Bridge Run participants in downtown Savannah on Saturday, December 5. The 10K Race will start at 9:00 a.m., the Life Stats 5K Race starts at 8:15 a.m. and the 1/4 mile Kids Run starts at 8:00 a.m. The LIFESTATS 5K Race begins across the Savannah River on Hutchinson Island and ends in front of the Savannah Civic Center. The 10K Race starts in front of the Chatham County Court House on Montgomery Street and finishes in front of the Savannah Civic Center. To view the race map, please visit

Registration is available online at Register from November 1 – December 3 and the entry fee is $30. Packet Pickup will be at the Expo located inside the Savannah Civic Center on Friday, December 4. Participants that register at the Expo will pay $35. The entry fee includes a t-shirt and refreshments. Participants cannot register on the day of the race.

Presented by Enmark and organized by the Greater Savannah Sports Council, the Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run benefits the Cancer Care Research Pavilion at St. Joseph's/Candler.
For registration, race details and information contact Fleet Feet Sports of Savannah at (912) 355-3527 or visit

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Monday, November 23, 2009

GSU Athletics announces football ticket plans, changes to 2010 schedule

Season tickets for the inaugural 2010 Georgia State football season at the Georgia Dome will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 7 at 8 a.m.

The 2010 schedule, which kicks off at the Georgia Dome on Thursday, Sept. 2 versus Shorter, now includes seven home games with the addition of Lamar. The Panthers, coached by Bill Curry, will now host Lamar on Nov. 6, while the home game against Lambuth has been moved to Sept. 11. The Panthers also host Jacksonville State (Sept. 18), Morehead State (Oct. 2), Savannah State (Oct. 9), and North Carolina Central (Oct. 16).

"The response to our new football program has been overwhelmingly positive every step of the way, and the Georgia State community is anxious to be a part of history in our inaugural season," said Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick. "Not only will our fans be able to cheer for the first football team in Georgia State history, but they will watch our new marching band and sing our new fight song."

The majority of the lower level seats at the Georgia Dome range in price from $72 - $125 for the seven-game package, with Georgia State faculty and staff receiving a 20 percent discount off those prices. Active military personnel also receive the 20 percent discount.

Premium mid-field season ticket packages range from $150 - $400, including a tax-deductible donation to the Panther Athletics Club (PAC). PAC members will also have the opportunity to purchase priority parking.

Georgia State athletics also announced "The Huddle," an exclusive section of 300 ultra-premium seats located at midfield and priced at $2,500 per pair (must be purchased in pairs). The total cost includes a tax-deductible contribution to the PAC and provides season ticket holders with access to the exclusive Owner's Club, premiere Priority Parking and many other amenities.

Georgia State students will be admitted free with their valid Panther Card identification. A total of 11,217 seats have been reserved for students, including 7,670 in the lower level.

"Taking care of the needs of the Georgia State students was very important in this process," said Kosha Irby, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Operations. "This is their football team, and their support is crucial to our success."

In addition to traditional student seating, Georgia State will also offer students the opportunity to upgrade to a reserved seat for just $35. This option should appeal to GSU's professional and non-traditional students, Irby said.

"We want to immerse Georgia State football in the Atlanta community," said Irby. "We are offering the opportunity to see exciting college football in a first-class facility at a variety of price points, making Georgia State football a great value.

"Our games will be accessible to alumni of any age, to faculty and staff, to families, to local businesses and of course to our student body."

Fans can begin purchasing tickets Dec. 7 at 8 a.m. by calling the Georgia State ticket office at 1.866.GA.STATE or online at

On that day, Georgia State Athletics will open the Sports Arena from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those who wish to purchase their tickets in person. Refreshments will be served, the Georgia State football coaches and cheerleaders will be on hand, and door prizes will be offered, including authentic mini-helmets.

Fans who have already made season ticket deposits will be contacted by ticket office staff to select their price point. Seat selection for all price levels, including priority seats, will take place next spring.


Saturday Sept. 25 at Campbell Buies Creek, N.C.
Saturday Oct. 23 at Old Dominion Norfolk, Va.
Saturday Oct. 30 at South Alabama Mobile, Ala.
Saturday Nov. 20 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Special Olympics Georgia Competition Week in Middle Georgia: State Horse Show, Southeast Powerlifting Invitational and an Announcement About Games

Special Olympics Georgia Competition Week in Middle Georgia: State Horse Show, Southeast Powerlifting Invitational and an Announcement About Games to be Held in Warner Robins

/PRNewswire/ -- Special Olympics will hold three events in the Macon area this week: an announcement about a state games moving to Warner Robins in August 2010 on Thursday, and the State Horse Show in Perry and the Southeast Powerlifting Invitational in Macon this weekend, Nov. 13-15.

-- The Horse Show features more than 200 athletes from all over the state
competing to be Georgia's best in showmanship, dressage, English and
western riding, and riding trails at Georgia National Fairgrounds &
Agricenter in Perry.
-- Also during the weekend, more than 100 Special Olympics athletes from
Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and
Georgia are competing in the Southeast Powerlifting Invitational. The
weekend-long competition will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in
-- Thursday, a press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Warner
Robins City Hall to announce that the State Masters Bowling is coming
to Warner Robins Aug. 20-22, 2010.

All events are free and open to the public.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Trout Unlimited's Gold Rush Chapter Schedules 1st Annual Fly Fishing Challenge at Frog Hollow

The Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited, based in Dahlonega, has announced that it will sponsor the first annual Gold Rush Cup Fly Fishing Challenge to be held on the beautiful and picturesque waters of the Chestatee River.

The venue, which has been carefully chosen, is one of the most popular trophy trout streams in the United States, Frog Hollow in Lumpkin County. This year's event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (a rain date will be provided). Directions to the venue can be found online at or

Attendance is open to the public with fly casting and tying demonstrations being provided by Gold Rush Chapter members. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Event tickets are $5.00 per person; children 12 and under are free. A number of raffle items will also be available.

This is a fly fishing challenge which will permit two-person teams of contestants to match their skills against other teams to earn a $1,000 grand prize, plus two quality, custom-made fly rods. Individual awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Registration to compete is open to the general public, on a first come basis, and the deadline for entry is Thursday, Oct. 1. Participants must be members of the national organization of Trout Unlimited; membership is open to the general public (see A maximum of 10 two-person teams will be permitted; however, a minimum of five two-person teams must be registered for the event to take place.

A $500, non-refundable registration and entry fee for each two-person team is required. Business or corporate gold level sponsorship of a team or for a business/corporate booth is $200, and silver level sponsorships are $50. In the event an insufficient number of participants register for this event, all funds for individuals and businesses will be returned.

A kick-off dinner will be hosted at the site of the tournament in Frog Hollow on the Friday night before the competition;. It will begin at 5 p.m.; and the cost is $10.00 per person. A participant captain's meeting will also be held at Frog Hollow on the evening prior to the tournament.

This is a two-person team event which will be conducted according to Gold Rush tournament committee rules and regulations. More details about the event, as well as a detailed listing of the rules, are posted on the Gold Rush Chapter website at All proceeds from this event will go to Trout Unlimited, a 501 (C)(3), non-profit organization.

The mission of Trout Unlimited's Gold Rush Chapter, is to conserve, protect, and restore the coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the North Georgia area, while assisting the T.U. national organization to do the same at the national level.

In addition to the monthly chapter meetings, the Gold Rush Chapter is actively involved in conservation efforts that include assistance to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forestry Service to ensure and enhance the environment and to perpetuate fish species by constructing and maintaining various stream structures. The chapter also initiates and works with other organizations in stream cleanup, assists with stocking of streams, and monitors water quality conditions of local streams. The chapter has been engaged in teaching the sport of fly fishing and conservation practices at several locations including North Georgia College and State University, Brenau University, and Lumpkin County Middle and High Schools, Outdoor Activity Day at Unicoi, and Kids' Day at Amicalola Park. The chapter has also supported the efforts of "Project Healing Waters fly Fishing" by providing volunteer and equipment assistance to their programs in the area. According to Healing Waters, these events serve military personnel and veterans who have been wounded, injured, or disabled to aid their physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and tying and by using and enjoying these skills on fishing outings and as a lifelong recreation.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Coca-Cola Honors 20 Inspiring People as U.S. Torchbearers for Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Kudos to the following Georgia residents for being selected as torchbearers:

Crystal Hardy, 20 (Dublin, GA): Crystal co-founded Green Teens, a
local recycling program for PET1 bottles that donates the proceeds to
local schools.
Taylor LeBaron, 17 (Ball Ground, GA): Taylor authored a book entitled,
"Cutting Myself in Half," about his personal weight loss journey and
how he reduced his weight from 297 lbs. to 145 lbs., using a
self-developed, teen-oriented fitness program.
Liz Burns, Senior National Sales Executive, Coca-Cola North America
(Atlanta, GA): As incoming president of the board of directors for the
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Georgia Chapter, Liz chairs one of the
largest fundraising events, Chocolate, which has helped raise more
than $500,000 for cystic fibrosis research. She also mentors a local
family through Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Jed Selkowitz, Director of Entertainment Marketing, Coca-Cola North
America (Atlanta, GA): Jed is dedicated to raising awareness of lupus.
Through his work as a Board Member of the Georgia chapter of the Lupus
Foundation of America, he has helped raise more than $600,000 to
support lupus awareness, advocacy and research.

/PRNewswire/ -- Coca-Cola has chosen 20 inspiring people to be Torchbearers for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. The U.S. Torchbearers were selected because they each use their passion for positive living to affect meaningful, enduring changes in local and global communities.

The Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame through Calgary, Canada, on January 18-19, 2010 as it makes its way to Vancouver and the Opening Ceremony for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on February 12, 2010. The Olympic Torch Relay, presented in part by Coca-Cola, will last for 106 days, cover more than 27,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) and link together more than 1,000 communities and places of interest throughout Canada.

Torchbearers were selected because of their commitments to sustainably promoting three aspects of positive living, including:

Balanced Living - staying active and physically fit while having fun with family and friends

Community - working to make good things happen for people throughout the community

Recycling - helping the planet by recycling or donating time to a recycling program in the community or school

Among those chosen to carry the Flame are 10 teens, five leaders from national health organizations, three Coca-Cola North America employees and Olympic gold medalists Shawn Johnson and Steven Lopez, who are part of the Coca-Cola "Six Pack" of Olympic athletes and competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. People can view the Torchbearers' route and learn more about their personal stories by visiting

"These inspirational people have shown remarkable dedication in encouraging others and making a positive difference in so many lives, traits that Coca-Cola has long embraced. Coca-Cola is saluting these champions of positive living by recognizing them with the special opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame," said Celeste Bottorff, Vice President of Living Well, Coca-Cola North America.

"I'm so impressed by the positive and diverse influence my fellow Torchbearers have had in communities across America," said Steven Lopez. "It is going to be an honor to pass the Flame to one of these inspirational individuals and celebrate the importance of wellbeing, community, unity and the Olympic Spirit."

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Off and Running: Registration Under Way for 2010 Berry Half-Marathon

The calendar may say October, but Dr. John Azar-Dickens and other runners and walkers in the area are already looking ahead to third edition of the Berry Half-Marathon, scheduled for March 6, 2010.

“In any endurance event such as a half-marathon or marathon, it is important to begin preparing early,” said Dr. Azar-Dickens, a Berry College faculty member and avid runner who recently completed his first Ironman Triathlon. “Proper training allows for a slow progression in mileage each week, prepares the body efficiently for the exertion level and reduces the risk of injury.”

For the second consecutive year, Dr. Azar-Dickens is overseeing the training regime for Team Berry, a support group for Berry students, faculty and staff members who are planning to compete in third-annual event.

“Team Berry begins training in mid October and continues weekly until the race in March,” Dr. Azar-Dickens explained. “Last year, there were roughly 40 people who trained together and finished the race successfully.

“We focus on gently increasing our mileage each week as we approach the 13-mile goal,” he continued. “This helps ensure that participants are well prepared and less vulnerable to injuries. Careful and well planned preparation/training also increases the chances of a more enjoyable race, not just physically but psychologically as well.”

Registration for the half-marathon is under way and will continue through the winter months. More than 1,500 competitors flocked to the world’s largest college campus for the 2009 event, and organizers expect an even greater turnout in 2010. Once again, participants will have their choice of three different races: the signature half-marathon, the Viking Classic 10K and a 5K. There is also a one-mile fun run for children.

All three races feature electronic timing on courses that are certified by USA Track & Field. Both the half-marathon and the 10K are official qualifiers for Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race. Walkers are welcome in all races.

Registration for the half-marathon is $55 through Dec. 1, $65 from Dec. 2 to Feb. 15, and $75 through March 4 (no race-day registration available). Registration for the 10K and 5K is $20 through Feb. 1, $25 from Feb. 2 to March 4, $35 at the pre-race pasta dinner on March 5, and $40 on race day. Registration for the one-mile fun run is $5 (either mail-in or on race day).

Half-marathon finishers will receive technical shirts and finishing medals. Participants in the other races will receive t-shirts. Go to to register online. Proceeds will benefit Berry College Elementary and Middle School. Call 706-346-6223 or e-mail for more details.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Braelinn Run for the Stars 5K, 1 mile, and Tot Trot

Saturday, November 14;
Race starts at 8:30 a.m.;
Courses begin and end at Braelinn Elementary School, 975 Robinson Road, Peachtree City;
(770) 631-5410
Preregistration: starts at $15, day of race $20;
Proceeds benefit Braelinn Elementary School;

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thrashers to Host Girls’ & Women’s Hockey Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 24

Annual Event Surrounding Game against the San Jose Sharks at Philips Arena to Recognize Female Participation in Hockey in the Southeast

The Atlanta Thrashers, along with USA Hockey, are hosting Girls’ & Women’s Hockey Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 24, surrounding their game against the San Jose Sharks at Philips Arena at 7 p.m.

The annual showcase, which includes several events and activities throughout the day, is dedicated to recognizing female participation in hockey throughout the Southeast. This year’s event will feature two-time member of the United States women’s Olympic hockey team and Harvard graduate Julie Chu.

Chu will participate in several events, including an on-ice clinic for girls and women, along with members of the Thrashers Hockey Development Team, at Philips Arena from 1-3 p.m. She will also address participants in the showcase from 6-6:45 p.m. to discuss her experiences in the sport and will hold a meet-and-greet with members of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Go Girl Go program.

Also planned for the event are special pre-game introductions of 12 local girls hockey players (ages 6-16), who will skate onto the ice along with their counterparts from the Thrashers and Sharks starting line-ups prior to the national anthem. Girls and women hockey players will also be featured on-ice during both intermissions in a scrimmage and shootout, respectively.

Atlanta Thrashers Season Tickets for the 2009-10 regular season start as low as $10 per game and are available by visiting or calling (866) 715-1500. Individual tickets for all Thrashers games at Philips Arena can be purchased by visiting, calling (800) 326-4000, or by visiting the Philips Arena Box Office or any Ticketmaster Ticket Outlet.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thirteen Special Olympics Teams in Metro Atlanta Play Softball in McDonough Saturday

/PRNewswire/ -- Special Olympics athletes from metro Atlanta areas will play softball Saturday, Oct. 24 at Heritage Park in McDonough, hosted by Henry County Parks and Recreation Department.

Competition begins at 9 a.m. and teams will play double eliminations. Tournament plaques will be given out to first through fourth place finishes. Teams are from the following counties: Cherokee, Cobb, Dekalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Peach and Rockdale counties. Scores will be used as qualifiers to compete in State Games.

SOGA partners with 86 parks and recreation departments to put on competitions for local athletes. These departments host competitions, provide staff to help run the event and offer programs through its therapeutic recreation division for people with intellectual disabilities. SOGA provides sports equipment, arranges for free medical screenings for athletes and helps publicize the new sports offerings.

Interested Parks and Recreation departments should call 1-800-866-4400 ext. 104 for more information.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Dental students host 5K Run/Walk Oct. 24

Dental students at the Medical College of Georgia will host a 5K Run/Walk Oct. 24 to raise money for Give a Smile, a student-run foundation created to assist dental patients who need help paying at least a portion of their bill.

The organization was founded by 2007 graduate Dr. Nathan Dallas after treating a patient who lost her four front teeth due to domestic abuse and couldn’t afford dental work.

Dental students present patient cases, including the desired treatment plan and how much the patient can pay, to a board of students. Board members meet monthly to determine which cases to take and how much they can contribute. Give a Smile funds, bolstered by an anonymous donation last year of $10,000, are allocated through the School of Dentistry business office.

"The money we raise for Give a Smile goes directly to underprivileged patients, which is especially significant in today's economy," says senior dental student and race director Leigh Ann Trotter. "Last year's event was very successful, and we're hoping this year's will be too."

The event will begin at the School of Dentistry on Laney-Walker Boulevard at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $25. For registration and more information, visit

Amy Connell

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Golf Returns to the Olympic Games

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The sport of golf will be part of the programme when the Olympic Games come to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 thanks in part to the consulting support of Helios Partners. Last played in the St. Louis Games of 1904, the return of Olympic golf competition is expected to draw the world’s best men’s and women’s golfers to the competition.

“We are extremely pleased and excited about the inclusion of golf in the Olympic Games,” said Ty Votaw, Executive Director of the International Golf Federation. “Helios fulfilled a critical function as part of our team, helping get our message across effectively and make a powerful case for the return of golf to the Olympic Programme.”

Helios Partners provided consulting services over the past year, playing an active role in the positioning of the sport, the development of IGF policies that align with the goals and objectives of the Olympic Movement, and the creation of bid materials and presentations. “This is a great win for us, but more so for the sport of golf,” said Chris Welton, CEO of Helios. “We have been privileged to be a part of this effort and look forward to the continued worldwide growth and positive impact of this great sport.”

Emphasizing the shared values with the Olympic Movement, the sport’s success in fostering greater participation among the youth of the world, and the importance of speaking with one voice, golf’s bid had the strong backing of 123 IGF member national federations, 20 professional golf organizations and many of the world’s greatest male and female golfers.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Clayton State Cross Country/Track Car Wash Fundraiser Set for October 16

Clayton State University’s cross country and track & field teams will be conducting their seventh car wash fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 16 at Rocky’s CafĂ© & Pizza, located at 2262 Lake Harbin Rd., in Morrow. The car wash will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Team members are selling booklets for $10 each that contain coupons for five car washes on Oct. 16 and special meal deals at Rocky’s that are good until Oct. 31. Booklets are also available from head coach Mike Mead. Call (678) 466-4679 or e-mail Drive-up car washes will also be available at Rocky’s on Oct. 16.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Athletes Around the State Compete in Statesboro at Fall State Games This Weekend

/PRNewswire-/ -- More than 1,000 athletes from around the state will compete in various sports at the State Fall Games in Statesboro Oct. 2-4. This is the second of three years Fall Games will be in Statesboro.

The Games will feature:
-- Long Distance Running/Walking
-- Cycling
-- Golf
-- Softball
-- Bocce

The games will begin with the Opening Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at Statesboro High School. All events and ceremonies are free to the public, so bring the whole family and "Be a Fan."

Competition will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday with medals being awarded throughout the weekend. Venues will be located at Mill Creek Regional Park near Georgia Southern University, except for golf. Golf will be held at Forest Heights Country Club. A schedule is available at Olympic Town, the center of celebration of Fall Games, will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Mill Creek Park. Olympic Town goers will enjoy arts and crafts, and music.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Leslie Anderson at SOGA at

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thrashers Agree to Terms with Unrestricted Free Agent Forward Maxim Afinogenov

The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms on a contract with unrestricted free agent forward Maxim Afinogenov, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Afinogenov (ah-fihn-ah-GEHN-ahf), 30, recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in three pre-season games for the Thrashers after joining the team during training camp on a professional try-out agreement.

A veteran of nine NHL seasons, Afinogenov has recorded 334 points (134 goals, 200 assists) in 569 games with the Buffalo Sabres, including 32 power play goals and 20 game-winning goals. Last season, the 6-0, 190-pound right wing tallied 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 48 games with the Sabres. He has also appeared in 49 playoff games for Buffalo, recording 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists).

During his NHL career, Afinogenov has tallied 20-or-more goals on three occasions, including the 2006-07 season when he recorded a career-best 23, and has surpassed the 60-point mark twice, including a career-high 73 points (22 goals, 51 points) in 2005-06. In 2005-06, he also set career highs with 11 power play goals, 241 shots on goal and 84 penalty minutes.

A native of Moscow, Afinogenov has represented Russia in international competition on 11 occasions, including the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games. He has also represented his country in the World Cup of Hockey (2005), the World Championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008) and the World Junior Championships (1998 and 1999).

Afinogenov, who was originally selected by Buffalo in the third round, 69th overall, of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, spent three seasons with Dynamo Moscow in Russia prior to his NHL career.

Atlanta Thrashers Season Tickets for the 2009-10 regular season start as low as $10 per game and are available by visiting or calling (866) 715-1500.
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Atlanta Thrashers to Host Annual Face-Off Event for Season Ticket Holders on Thursday, Oct. 1, at Philips Arena from 6-9 p.m.

The Atlanta Thrashers will host their annual Face-Off Event at Philips Arena on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6-9 p.m. The event gives season ticket holders a first glance at the 2009-10 Atlanta Thrashers roster and a chance to meet and interact with all of their favorite players, coaches and management.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with team introductions beginning at 6:45 p.m. Other activities scheduled include an autograph session with all members of the team, interactive games and an equipment sale.

What: Atlanta Thrashers Face-Off Event
Who: Atlanta Thrashers Players, Coaches and Staff
When: Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Philips Arena

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Pombo Takes the Win While Megenbier Claims the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Championship at Road Atlanta

/PRNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive race weekend, the drivers of the SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup had to navigate a rain-soaked track on race day. This added an interesting but familiar twist to the final race of the year, which was contested on the 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course at Road Atlanta.

When the drivers arrived at the track, they saw that the series' technicians had installed the grooved Pirelli rain tires that would make their 14 laps of racing action more manageable. When the race began, Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle held the lead he gained from winning the pole position, but it didn't take Mark Pombo long to show who is boss on his home track. The Duluth, Georgia native took the lead in Turn 10 on the first lap, and he never looked back. The top three race finishers included Pombo, Andrew Cordeiro (2nd) and Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle (3rd).

"There's something about racing in the rain that really works well for me because the two races I've won this year have been on a wet track," Pombo said. "This win is really bittersweet for me because if it weren't for a couple of bad breaks, I feel as though I might have had a chance to fight with Timmy (Megenbier) for the Championship. However, I think it's pretty neat that I've won the first race for the series last year and my final race this year. I'll be too old to race in the Jetta TDI Cup again next year, so it's great to be able to go out on top."

While Pombo took the Road Atlanta trophy, there was another race going on today. Timmy Megenbier and Andy Lee came into the weekend fighting for the series Championship and its $100,000 prize. Megenbier brought a 39-point lead into the race, and it was apparent from the start that he was taking a conservative approach to the race in order to maintain his spot on top. Naturally, the rain caused several dramatic spins and accidents, but the pair was able to avoid trouble with Lee placing sixth and Megenbier 11th. While Lee was able to cut into the Melrose Park, Illinois native's lead, Megenbier's mid-pack finish was enough to maintain a 29-point advantage over Lee and give him the Championship. Pombo's race win vaulted him two positions in the standings to third.

"I knew what I had to do to achieve my ultimate goal of winning the Championship," Megenbier said. "After being on the podium nearly every race this season, it was a real challenge to hold myself back so that I didn't potentially risk my season. I had a couple of close calls out there today with the rain and people spinning in front of me, but thankfully I was able to hold on. Being named the Champion is a dream come true for me, and my hope is that this will lead to much bigger things for me down the road."

While the series' regulars had previous experience battling the elements, the guest drivers experienced an added obstacle today. However, both journalist Jeremy Shaw and Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford avoided trouble, with Shaw placing 12th and Whitford 18th.

"This entire weekend was quite the experience for me," Whitford said. "First of all, I was driving a totally different car than I have competed in before. Secondly, I have never raced in the rain. Add the two together, and it sounds like a recipe for disaster. However, I was able to keep the car on track and in one piece for the entire race. Considering the conditions, I was really amazed at how well these cars held up to the demands of racing. Several years ago, nobody would have guessed that you could race a diesel, but these Jetta TDIs are awesome little cars, and I think the fans that showed up early to the track today got a great show."

At the end of the day, it was fitting that tire grip and handling were the two factors that decided the race. First year series sponsor Pirelli had brought more than 100 tire dealers to the track, and they got to see first hand how the products perform under challenging conditions.

"While I'm sure that some of the drivers weren't pleased to see the rain today, I don't think we could have asked for a better demonstration of our product," said Rafael Navarro, Pirelli Director of Media Communications and Motorsports. "Our involvement in this series has far surpassed our expectations, and I look forward to a bright future with Volkswagen and continuing to contribute to the environmentally-conscious spirit of the series in 2010."

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Valdosta State University to Add Women's Soccer in 2011

Valdosta State will field women's soccer as an intercollegiate sport beginning in 2011, according to an announcement made by VSU President Patrick Schloss and Athletic Director Herb Reinhard during a press conference at the University Center Wednesday.

"I am pleased to announce the addition of women's soccer as the 12th intercollegiate and sixth women's sport at Valdosta State," said Schloss in making the announcement. "We will join the Gulf South Conference as one of nine schools to sponsor this sport. We feel that we are well positioned geographically to become a power in this sport and look forward to seeing this new team uphold the proud tradition that is Valdosta State Athletics."

Reinhard indicated that a national coaching search will begin within the next 3 weeks and that the University planned on having its newest coach in place during the later winter or early spring months of 2010.

"Our timeline includes getting a coach in here as quickly as possible," he said. "That will give whoever leads our new program basically all of 2010 and the first half of 2011 to get everything involved with starting a new program, including recruiting, scheduling and buying equipment, completed."

Both Schloss and Reinhard pointed to the support of the Valdosta State campus and Valdosta community as a major factor in choosing VSU's newest Division II program.

"I would like to say that we really appreciate the Student Government Association for their support and input as we have moved forward with adding another sport at Valdosta State," Schloss added. "Likewise, the support from our community, which has already stepped forward with offers of funding, has been unbelievable. The response from all parties has been positive and shows that they believe in this move and how it will benefit the University as a whole."

Reinhard also added that much of the infrastructure for the new program has already been put in place, making the decision to add women's soccer easier.

"We planned ahead when building the new Athletic Fieldhouse," he concluded. "The infrastructure, including locker rooms and coaches offices, was included with the new Fieldhouse. Additionally, we have the space behind that building to build a playing surface, along with two football practice fields."

Women's soccer will be the first sport Valdosta State has added since the school began women's volleyball in 1995. In addition to becoming the ninth GSC school to sponsor the sport, VSU will become the 21st NCAA institution to participate in the sport in the state of Georgia, including the seventh Division II program. One of the nation's fastest growing sports among females, girls soccer is currently sponsored by 310 high schools in the state of Georgia.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Braves Manager Bobby Cox agrees to contract extension

The Atlanta Braves announced yesterday that they have agreed to terms with manager Bobby Cox on a one-year contract extension through the 2010 season and that the team's entire coaching staff will be brought back next year.

In addition, Cox has announced that he will retire from managing at the conclusion of the 2010 campaign, thus bringing to an end one of the greatest managerial careers in the history of the game. As part of Cox's contract extension, he has been given a five-year consulting agreement, from 2011 to 2015, where he will advise and consult in all areas of Baseball Operations, including the Major League Club, spring training, minor league operations and scouting. In addition, Cox will work with the office of the President on special business projects.

The winningest manager in Braves franchise history, Cox is in his 28th season as a big-league skipper and his 24th year at the Braves' helm (1978-81, 1990-present). He owns 2,408 career wins, placing him fourth on the all-time victory list and second among active managers. Cox has recorded 2,053 wins with the Braves and another 355 in four seasons (1982-85) with the Toronto Blue Jays. He and Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy are the only two managers in history to post six 100-win campaigns.

"Bobby and I have been talking about this for some time," Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren said. "We are very excited that Bobby, who is one of the best and most respected managers in the history of baseball, will again be managing our club in 2010. Personally, it has been a true honor and a pleasure to work with such a great manager and leader. Bobby is one of the true icons of our game."

"I share with all of our great Braves fans the excitement over the good news of Bobby's signing a 2010 contract extension," said Braves President John Schuerholz. "It has been my good fortune to share a personal relationship and professional partnership with Bobby since 1991. Together we have shared in the most remarkable, sustained period of Braves baseball excellence while winning 14 consecutive Division titles, five National League Championships and, of course, the World Championship in 1995. It has been an honor and pleasure to work side by side with Bobby Cox. We are thrilled with his return as manager in 2010 and with his continued association with us for many years to follow."

The 68-year-old Cox has guided Atlanta to Major League Baseball's best overall record since 1991 (1,747-1,252). Since then, the Braves have earned a 14 division championships, five National League pennants and a World Series title. Cox has guided his clubs to 66 postseason wins - second all-time to the Dodgers' Joe Torre (77).

"I am very excited and honored to be making plans for next year," said Cox. "While I have decided that 2010 will be my last season in the dugout, I want to make it clear that we will all be working as hard as ever to win another World Championship for the city of Atlanta and our great Braves fans. I really can't express how proud I am of our team, and how thankful I am that Frank and John have given me the opportunity to retire with the organization that I've been with for almost 30 seasons."

Cox has earned four Manager of the Year awards from the Baseball Writers Association of America and an unprecedented eight Manager of the Year honors from the Sporting News. No other skipper has won the Sporting News award more than three times since the magazine started its balloting in 1936.

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Run for University of West Georgia Almost Here

Early registration for the 24th annual Run for UWG (University of West Georgia) is ongoing through Friday, Sept. 25, ending at 5 p.m. Registering early guarantees a tee shirt and reduced rates of $10 for individuals and $15 for families. All fees go toward the Annual Fund and student scholarship. After September 25 registration increases by $5.

The event features three races suitable for every age beginning with a Tot-Trot for ages 2 to 6, a one-mile walk/run and a 5K event. The 5K race will have awards for the top three finishers in a variety of age and gender divisions ranging from 11 years to 70 and over.

The race date is October 1 and registration forms should be mailed or delivered to the Alumni House on Maple Street. Forms are available at the Alumni House and online at the Development and Alumni Relations site,
Call 678-839-6582 for more information.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Clayton State Foundation to Host Annual Town and Gown Golf Tournament October 12

The Clayton State University Foundation’s Annual Town & Gown Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, Oct. 12 at Crystal Lake Country Club, 100 Crystal Lake Blvd., Hampton, Ga., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Excellence Fund of the Clayton State University Foundation, which is primarily used to provide scholarships for students in the Clayton State Honors Program.

The entry costs are $500 per four-person team or $150 per individual, if received by Oct. 5. Team entries after Oct. 5 are $600 and individual entries are $200. Awards will include first and second team prizes, along with raffle prizes.

Sponsorships are also still available for the tournament. There are various levels of sponsorship, including; Event Sponsors ($5000), Co-Tournament Sponsors ($2500), Laker Sponsors ($1000), Luncheon Sponsors ($200) and Cart Sponsors ($150). Individual holes are also available for sponsorship at $150 per hole. For more information on sponsorship, call Clayton State Director of Development Reda Rowell at (678) 466-4474. To obtain a registration form for the tournament, call (678) 466-4470.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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1st Annual Baseball Family Fun Day and Home Run Derby at Home Plate

Please join us at The 1st Annual Baseball Family Fun Day and Home Run Derby at Home Plate on Saturday, October 3rd benefiting Team Colin and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Guest of Honor list is growing!!!

** Atlanta Braves Pitcher, Tim Hudson **
** Atlanta Braves 1st Baseman, Adam LaRoche **
** Former Cy Young winner, Steve Bedrosian **

Chick-fil-A will give the winner of each age group in the Home Run Derby a 1 year supply of Chick Fil-A Sandwiches* and the bragging rights to go along with it!! :)

This FREE family fun event will feature inflatables, crafts, firetrucks, face painting, food, games, skills challenges, raffle prizes, and much more!! :)

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Utah Flash to Host Open Tryout in Atlanta

Single-day tryout will be held at Clayton State University Athletics and Fitness Center

The Atlanta Hawks’ NBA Development League Affiliate, the Utah Flash, will be holding a one-day tryout at Clayton State University. The tryout will take place at the Athletics and Fitness Center at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24.

In the past two seasons the Flash have selected at least two players from the open tryout to join the team in training camp. Multiple players from the open tryout can be selected for an opportunity to be on the Flash opening day roster. Utah head coach Brad Jones can bring up to 17 players to training camp and opening day rosters will be trimmed to 10 players.

“The opportunities provided by the Flash and the NBA D-League are very unique,” Jones said. “I know that there is untapped talent out there, and the open tryouts allow us to find those players that can excel in the Development League and beyond.”

“There are no prerequisites for the tryout,” Jones said. “Show up, play hard and smart, and that is all we ask.”

Players should arrive at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd. Morrow, GA by 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 24. Workouts begin at 10:00 a.m. Players will compete in skills and conditioning drills prior to dividing into teams for several game-type scrimmages.

Interested players should complete a registration form, as well as a player release and eligibility form. Both are available at or can be sent via email by contacting Players that register early should remit a cashier’s check for $150 made payable to the Utah Flash. Day of camp registrants will pay $175 by either cash or cashier’s check.

The Flash will begin preseason training camp Nov. 15 before traveling to Tulsa for their first regular season game on Nov. 27. Flash season tickets are still available and can be purchased by phone at (801) 434-HOOP or online by visiting

PLAYER CONTACT: Utah Flash Front Office / (801) 434-4667
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Atlanta Braves say "Thank you" during Fan Appreciation Weekend, October 2 - 4

The Atlanta Braves will thank their fans for a season of tremendous support during "Fan Appreciation Weekend," October 2-4, when the Braves host the Washington Nationals. Many special events are planned including free post-game concerts, valuable prize giveaways, post-game fireworks shows, and autograph and Q & A sessions with Braves alumni Sid Bream and Bruce Benedict.

The weekend will jump start with a free post-game concert with pop and country's newest musical sensation and Georgia native, Jessie James, on Friday evening and will culminate with a free Creedence Clearwater Revisited post-game concert presented by Delta Air Lines on Sunday.

Braves memorabilia, including Braves jerseys, autographed baseballs, bats, photos, lineup cards, and one-of-a-kind items including a catcher's mask signed by Brian McCann and a framed collection of baseballs autographed by each member of the 2009 Atlanta Braves team will be up for auction and on sale during the Atlanta Braves Foundation memorabilia sale throughout Fan Appreciation Weekend.

Atlanta Braves Fan Appreciation Weekend schedule:

Friday, October 2 - Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals, 7:35 p.m.

Jessie James free post-game concert
Valuable prize giveaways throughout the game
Publix Friday Night Fireworks after the game
Hightide Blues, a Southern rock group with a modern feel that has performed at major music festivals including Bonnaroo, will entertain fans pre-game in Fan Plaza
Braves Foundation memorabilia sale all weekend in the Hank Aaron room at aisle 128

Saturday, October 3 - Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 p.m.

Valuable prize giveaways throughout the game
Publix Saturday Night Fireworks after the game
Braves Foundation memorabilia sale all weekend in the Hank Aaron room at aisle 128

Sunday, October 4 - Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals, 1:35 p.m.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited free post-game concert presented by Delta
Pre-Game Parade for all children 14 and under. Young fans who want to take part in a pre-game parade around the field can line up at the Hank Aaron Ramp (aisle 129).
Four F-18 fighter jets from Oceana Naval Base in Virginia Beach, VA, will perform a flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem.
Braves alumni Sid Bream and Bruce Benedict will sign autographs and participate in a Q & A session before the game in Fan Plaza.
Valuable prize giveaways throughout the game
Braves Foundation memorabilia sale all weekend in the Hank Aaron room at aisle 128

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Thrashers Trim Training Camp Roster by 10 Players

Nine Assigned to Chicago (AHL); One Released

The Atlanta Thrashers have assigned nine players to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Additionally, one player was released from his try-out contract.

Forwards Angelo Esposito, Riley Holzapfel, Rylan Kaip, Andrew Kozek, Jordan LaVallee, Brett Sterling and Anthony Stewart, along with defenseman Chad Denny and goaltender Peter Mannino will report to Chicago. Forward Kevin Doell, who is under contract with the Wolves, has been released from Atlanta’s training camp.

The Thrashers opened their pre-season schedule in Nashville on Sept. 17 and Tampa Bay on Sept. 18, earning a 0-1-1 record. The team will host Carolina on Monday, Sept. 21 (7 p.m.), Nashville on Wednesday, Sept. 23 (7 p.m.) and Tampa Bay on Sunday Sept. 27 (5 p.m.) prior to the opening of the 2009-10 NHL Regular Season when the Lighthing visit at Philips Arena on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

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Piedmont Sports and Orthopaedic Surgery Opens in Ellijay

Piedmont Mountainside Welcomes Rodney D. Fields, M.D., to its Medical Staff

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital (PMH) welcomes orthopaedic surgeon Rodney D. Fields, M.D., to its medical staff. On Monday, Sept. 14, Dr. Fields and Piedmont Healthcare opened Piedmont Sports and Orthopaedic Surgery in Ellijay.

“We are thrilled Dr. Fields has decided to join the Piedmont family,” said Mike Robertson, president and CEO of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. “He has extensive experience and knowledge in his field. His expertise and outstanding reputation will be a great addition to the Piedmont Mountainside medical staff.”

Dr. Fields is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Ellijay, Ga. He was born in Ohio and attended medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida. He completed his internship and residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

After his residency, Dr. Fields completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center with David Fisher, M.D., who served as a team physician for the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Following the fellowship, he served a scholarship commitment in the U.S. Air Force as an orthopaedic surgeon for the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base in Langley, Va.

Dr. Fields then resided in Champaign, Ill., where, in addition to his general orthopaedic practice, his duties included team physician for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini.

For the past six years Dr. Fields has resided and practiced in Ellijay. His new office, Piedmont Sports and Orthopaedic Surgery, will be temporarily located at 772 Maddox Drive, Suite 116, East Ellijay, GA 30540, until the permanent location opens at 309 Highland Parkway, Suite 200, East Ellijay, GA 30540. To schedule an appointment, call 706-698-2663.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Savannah Tire Hockey Classic on January 14-16, 2010

The Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Greater Savannah Sports Council announce that the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic will return to the Savannah Civic Center on January 14-16, 2010. Savannah Tire has signed a three-year deal to become the title sponsor of the Hockey Classic through 2012.

The Savannah Tire Hockey Classic will celebrate its 12th year by expanding to a third night with two new teams, The Citadel and University of South Carolina, which will play in a kickoff rivalry game on Thursday, January 14, 2010. Also returning to the ice will be the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, University of Florida and Florida State University in the traditional matchups on Friday and Saturday night to battle for the Thrasher Cup. A new event logo has been unveiled to incorporate Savannah Tire as the title sponsor.

“On behalf of Savannah Tire employees and customers, I am honored to announce that the Savannah Hockey Classic is now the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic,” said Trey Cook, Chief Operating Officer of Savannah Tire. “Savannah Tire is thrilled to be involved with the Greater Savannah Sports Council and this premier sporting event and look forward to an exciting 2010 Savannah Tire Hockey Classic.”

“The Savannah CVB is very excited to see the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic expand into the South Carolina market which will surely bring more visitors to our beautiful city,” said Joseph Marinelli, President of the Savannah CVB.

For more information about the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic, please contact Ben Wilder at 912.644.6414 or For more media information, please contact Melissa Yao at 912.644.6431 or

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Two Mercerians Among Seven in 2010 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class

Two Mercerians were among the seven individuals announced Thursday as the new inductions into the the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The Honors Court met on Thursday and selected Al Ciraldo, Edward Everett, Ernie Johnson, Sam Mitchell, Larry Rakestraw, Ronald Simmons and Suzanne Yoculan as the Hall of Fame Class of 2010. These seven individuals were chosen from an eligible pool of 252 nominees as those men and women who best exemplify the tradition of sports excellence in the State of Georgia.

“Georgia is truly blessed to have such a wide array of talented people in the world of sports,” said GSHF Executive Director Jacquelyn Decell. “It is our privilege each year to be able to give voice to the citizens of our state in congratulating our inductees on a job well done.”

The 2010 Induction Class highlights the broad range of sports in which Georgia’s athletes excel. The class includes two broadcasters, a golfer, a basketball player, a multi-sport athlete, a football player, and a gymnastics coach. The combined careers of those selected span six decades.

Sam Mitchell was a two-year starter on the basketball team at Columbus (Ga.) High School where he earned All-City honors. From there, he went on to lead Mercer University to the TAAC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1985, and he remains Mercer’s all-time leading scorer with 1,986 points. Mitchell played professionally in Canada and France before joining the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989. He is second only to Kevin Garnett in all-time scoring and rebounding in Timberwolves’ franchise history. As head coach of the Toronto Raptors, Mitchell was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2007.

Edward Everett is a native of Macon where he attended both Lanier High School and Mercer University. Everett began winning golf tournaments at the age of 11 in 1955 at the Macon Junior Tournament and continued to win tournaments as an amateur and professional for more than 40 years. Among his many tournament victories are the Rose City Open in 1973, 1975, and 1976; the Perry Classic in 1990; the Georgia Senior Open in 1997 and 2000; and the National PGA Senior Club Professional Championship in 1997.

Al Ciraldo was born in Akron, Ohio but spent 43 years as the play-by-play announcer for Georgia Tech football and basketball games beginning in 1954. Over his career he called 416 football games and 1,030 basketball games for the Yellow Jackets including Georgia Tech’s 1990 Citrus Bowl victory over Nebraska and the basketball team’s Final Four appearance the same year. Ciraldo’s signature kickoff call, “Toe meets leather”, remains famous throughout college football.

Ernie Johnson grew up in Vermont before becoming a pitcher for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, and Baltimore Orioles. Johnson’s greatest contribution to baseball came as the iconic voice of the Atlanta Braves from 1966–1999. Named Georgia Sportscaster of the Year in 1977, 1983, and 1986, he also won three regional Emmy Awards in 1993, 1995, and 1997. Johnson was elected to the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in 2001.

Larry Rakestraw is a native of Atlanta where he attended West Fulton High School. At West Fulton, he was a four year letterman in baseball and football and a three year letterman on the basketball team. In 1959 he was named to the All-State Football Team and was selected as the Back of the Year by the Atlanta Touchdown Club. As a baseball player and football player at the University of Georgia, Rakestraw was named MVP of the baseball team in 1961 and threw for 407 yards against Miami in 1963 to break the NCAA record for passing yards at that time. He went on to play professional football for the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons and has won numerous amateur golf tournaments since his retirement from the NFL.

Ronald Simmons was born in Perry and led Warner Robins High School to the state and national championships in 1976 as a defensive lineman. He played college football at Florida State and has been credited by Bobby Bowden as one of the key players in beginning the long run of success for the Seminoles. Simmons was a Consensus All-American at FSU in 1979 and 1980 and finished his career with 25 sacks and 44 tackles for a loss. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 1981 NFL draft, he chose to play in the USFL and later became a professional wrestler.

Suzanne Yoculan led the University of Georgia’s Women’s Gymnastics Team to one of the greatest runs of success in any sport in NCAA history. Over her 26 year career, the Gym Dogs won 16 SEC titles and 10 NCAA titles including five consecutive national championships from 2005-2009. Yoculan coached 37 gymnasts that won NCAA individual championships and 58 gymnasts that garnered a total of 306 All-America honors. She was named National Coach of the Year five times and SEC Coach of the Year eight times. Yoculan retired from coaching in 2009 with a career record of 836-117-7.

The 2010 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Macon in February.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Atlanta Hawks Individual Game Tickets To Go On Sale Sept 19 at 10 a.m.

Atlanta Hawks individual game tickets for the 2009-10 preseason and regular season go on sale this Saturday, September 19, at 10 a.m. They will be available for purchase by visiting, calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX, and by visiting the Philips Arena Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets for all games start at $10. The Hawks’ first regular season game is only 42 days away as the Countdown to Opening Night begins!

The 41-game regular season home schedule tips off on Wednesday, October 28 against Danny Granger and the Indiana Pacers. Other notable opponents at Philips Arena include league MVP LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (December 29 and April 14); the defending World Champion Los Angeles Lakers on March 3; Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics on January 8 and January 29; Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat (November 18 and February 10); and Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Thanksgiving Night (November 26) and March 24.

The popular Chick-fil-A® Family Nights promotion returns this season, where fans can purchase four tickets and four Chick-fil-A® chicken sandwich combo meal coupons starting at $89, for specially selected home games.

New this year is Aaron’s “Lucky Dog Wednesday’s,” where 300 level tickets will be available for $15. Additionally, the Hawks are offering fans the opportunity to purchase metroPCS “Unlimited Eat Seats” in selected sections of Philips Arena. Starting at $37, this unique offer includes a game ticket and all you can eat hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, popcorn and soft drinks throughout the game.

The Hawks are also featuring a “Kids Day” promotion for all Sunday home games, where children 12-and-under will receive a free ticket with purchase of at least one regularly priced ticket. As in the past, college students and military personnel can purchase tickets for 50-percent off.

Additional ticket offers will be announced at a later time and a complete list of promotions is available at The start times for the majority Atlanta’s home games will be 7 p.m. for Monday-through-Thursday and Saturday games, 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, with varying tipoff times for the team’s five Sunday contests. Four of the Hawks home games will be nationally-televised this season, and the start times for those contests are 8 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks 2009-10 season tickets start as low at $10 per game and are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting or calling 1-866-715-1500. New this year, fans also have the option of purchasing the exciting 13-game Playoff Plan, which includes the home opener and 12 additional games versus 2009 playoff teams – including the Lakers, Cavaliers, and Celtics. Groups of 20 or more can guarantee their ticket purchases before the public on-sale date by placing a deposit through the Hawks ticket sales department at 1-866-715-1500 or Individual regular season game tickets will go on sale at a later date. The Hawks, a member of the National Basketball Association since 1949, play in the Southeast Division, along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Georgia Governor's Challenge Set for September 14

The Kinderlou Forst Golf Club in Valdosta hosts the 2009 Governor's Challenge Golf Tournament on September 14.

The Shotgun Start using the 4 Man Scramble format will begin at both 8 am and 1 pm.

For more information, contact Rhonda Barnes at 229-671-2480 or Steve Singley at 229-219-2300.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Thrashers and SportSouth Announce 61-Game Television Schedule for 2009-10

Play-by-Play Announcer Matt McConnell to Join Analyst Darren Eliot in the SportSouth Booth

The Atlanta Thrashers and SportSouth, the team’s regional cable partner, have announced the 61-game television schedule (see attached) for the 2009-10 NHL regular season. In all, 61 of the Thrashers 82 regular-season games will be televised locally, including 60 games on SportSouth and one on FOX Sports South. Thrashers games to be broadcast by SportSouth in HD will be released at a later date.

Coverage of the Thrashers 2009-10 regular season will begin on opening night, Saturday, Oct. 3, when they host the Southeast Division-rival Tampa Bay Lightning at Philips Arena at 7 p.m. Overall, 27 home games and 34 road games will be televised throughout the season. Thirty-two of the final 33 road games will be televised by SportSouth, as well as 42 of the team’s final 47 games of the season.

Throughout the season, several key match-ups will be televised including 19 games against Southeast Division rivals (Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay and Washington), all four games against the 2009 Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins (Nov. 21, Jan. 5, April 3 and April 10) and the Thrashers lone match-up against 2009 Western Conference-champion Detroit Red Wings (Nov. 25). SportSouth’s coverage also highlights several intra-conference games, televising 13 of the Thrashers contests against Western Conference opponents, incuding match-ups against Chicago (Feb. 13), Columbus (Nov. 5 and March 11) and Anaheim (Jan. 26).

Matt McConnell, the Thrashers original television play-by-play announcer, returns to the SportSouth broadcast booth for the 2009-10 season. McConnell served as the television voice of the team from 1999-00 to 2002-03, and is entering his fifth season in a play-by-play role for the Thrashers. During the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, he co-hosted SportSouth’s Thrashers LIVE and also served as a fill-in announcer for select Thrashers games over the past two seasons.

Darren Eliot, who has served as the Thrashers television analyst since the team’s inception, will join McConnell in the SportSouth broadcast booth for all televised games. In addition to game telecasts, McConnell and Eliot will also co-host Thrashers LIVE expanded post-game coverage on SportSouth.

Thrashers’ telecasts on SportSouth are available in Georgia and South Carolina, as well as Alabama (excluding the Huntsville/Decatur DMA) and Mississippi (excluding Mississippi counties in the Memphis DMA and the counties of Pontotoc, Union, Lee, Itawamba, Prentiss and Tishomingo in the Columbus/Tupelo/West Point DMA).

Atlanta Thrashers Season Tickets for the 2009-10 regular season start as low as $10 per game and are available by visiting or calling (866) 715-1500.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thrashers Announce Training Camp Schedule

Camp Opens on Sept. 12; Practices and Media Availability Begin Sept. 13

The Atlanta Thrashers will open their 2009 Training Camp on Saturday, Sept. 12 with physicals and medical testing, and will begin on-ice sessions starting Sunday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. at the team’s practice facility in Duluth, Ga (Please see the attachment for a complete schedule).

Camp will open with players split into three practice groups before being reduced to two groups on Sept. 16 and one group on Sept. 22. A complete roster and breakout of teams will be provided following the conclusion of the Prospect Evaluation Tournament held in Traverse City, Michigan from Sept 6-10.

Beginning Sept. 13, media availability with players will be held following their on and off-ice workouts. There will be no access in the morning before practices. Head Coach John Anderson will be made available daily surrounding the player access period. Requests for Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell will be accommodated pending his availability. All schedules are subject to change.

Atlanta Thrashers Season Tickets for the 2009-10 regular season start as low as $10 per game and are available by visiting or calling (866) 715-1500.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Atlanta Hawks Sign Veteran Center Jason Collins

The Atlanta Hawks have signed veteran center Jason Collins, according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. Per team policy, terms were not announced.

“Jason provides us with additional size and a good interior defensive presence,” Sund said. “He has extensive experience, having started in two NBA Finals with the Nets, and is another player with strong character and leadership qualities.”

An eight-year veteran, Collins spent last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he appeared in 31 games (22 starts), and averaged 1.8 ppg and 2.3 rpg.

He spent his first six-and-a-half seasons with the New Jersey Nets, where he appeared in 510 contests (starting 404 of them) before he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on February 4, 2008 in exchange for Stromile Swift. He then came to the Timberwolves as part of an eight-player deal on June 26, 2008 that also involved Kevin Love and O.J. Mayo.

Collins has played in 572 career regular season games, including 429 starting assignments, averaging 4.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.0 apg in 23.4 mpg (.410 FG%, .648 FT%). Collins also has significant postseason experience, playing in 75 playoff games (3.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg), including two trips to the NBA Finals with the Nets in 2002 and 2003.

The native of Southern California played four seasons at Stanford University alongside twin brother Jarron (now of the Utah Jazz). He earned Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press and was named to the All Pac-10 First Team in 2001, after putting in 14.5 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Collins attended Harvard-Westlake Prep in North Hollywood, California.

Jason Paul Collins was born December 2, 1978 in Northridge, California. He will wear uniform number 34.

Atlanta Hawks 2009-10 season tickets start as low at $10 per game and are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting or calling 1-866-715-1500. New this year, fans also have the option of purchasing the exciting 13-game Playoff Plan, which includes the home opener and 12 additional games versus 2009 playoff teams – including the Lakers, Cavaliers, and Celtics. Groups of 20 or more can guarantee their ticket purchases before the public on-sale date by placing a deposit through the Hawks ticket sales department at 1-866-715-1500 or Individual regular season game tickets will go on sale at a later date. The Hawks, a member of the National Basketball Association since 1949, play in the Southeast Division, along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards.
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Monday, August 31, 2009

Residents of Atlanta Braved the Heat and Took to the Streets of 'Hot'Lanta for Red Bull Soapbox Race

/PRNewswire/ -- Red Bull Soapbox Race Atlanta featured some of the most outrageous racing around as 39 teams cruised and tumbled down 10th Street near Piedmont Park. An estimated crowd of 48,500 fans lined the streets and sidewalks, resembling a typical Atlanta rush hour traffic jam. The course presented obstacles with a few twists and turns and a daring jump that sent several crafts crumbling to their demise. This isn't your average derby. Red Bull Soapbox Race is judged on three criteria: creativity, showmanship and speed. After the final tally, it was "Beer Connoisseur" who claimed the top spot. "This was completely unexpected," said Christopher Miller. "I thought we had a chance, but had no idea that we'd pull it off. We made some lifetime memories today that will never go away."

While some contestants took a road trip of several hundred miles, it was an Atlanta sweep on the podium. "Equus Vires Maximus" rode their chariot into second place and frat boys, "The Tekes," finished in third.


The panel of judges, scoring creativity and showmanship, included professional skateboarder and "Life of Ryan" reality TV star Ryan Sheckler, fashion designer Mychael Knight and junior pro surfer Evan Geiselman. However, the judges weren't the only ones who had a say in this competition. Team "Respect My Authority" from Tampa, FL captured the hearts of the fans to win the "People's Choice Award" with their supersized big wheel. "We came to Atlanta to win the People's Choice Award. This is what we came for and we accomplished our goal," said Aaron Price.


Even though this was a race, not all of the crafts made it to the finish line. Some vehicles met their end after facing the perilous jump but took the fall in stride and entertained the crowd by finishing the race on foot. Nobody did it with more style than "Team Fur Bus" which captivated the crowd with their spectacular crash and sprint for the finish as they pushed their fur covered craft over the jump and passed the finish line. Additionally, The Candy Man Can was ultra-safety-oriented, remembering to utilize their fire extinguisher upon crashing into the hay bales to add to their overall performance.

The global event dates back to 2000 when it first took place in Belgium and Atlanta became the seventh pit stop in the US. After its debut in the Southeast, Red Bull Soapbox Race will hit the West Coast on September 26, 2009 in downtown Los Angeles.

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"Countdown to Touchdown" with the Panthers

Georgia State students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans are invited to join the Panther football program to begin the official “Countdown to Touchdown” on Wednesday, Sept. 2 – exactly one year before Georgia State’s inaugural football game.

The Countdown to Touchdown pep rally and press conference will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Georgia State Student Center Ballroom.

Georgia State President Mark Becker, Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick and head football coach Bill Curry will be on hand, and the entire Georgia State football team will be introduced for the first time. The team is currently practicing in preparation for their 2010 kickoff.

The event will also feature a preview of Georgia State’s new athletics logos as well as other exciting announcements related to the Panthers’ first football season.

Free t-shirts will be available for anyone who signs up to receive information about Georgia State football tickets.

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UGA to break ground on football training facility expansion

The University of Georgia will break ground on a cutting-edge renovation and expansion of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, the everyday home of the University’s Athletic Association and football team, at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

“Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall has been a benchmark of excellence,” said Damon Evans, director of athletics at UGA. “Our goal with this expansion that is under way is to build upon that foundation and create the very best football training facility in America. Our university, our fans, and our team deserve nothing less.”

The $39.5 million project will update the 85,000-square-foot complex located at 1 Selig Circle with a synthetic turf-floored multi-purpose room, a student-athlete lounge and a sand-based practice field that uses sustainable design practices.

Completion is expected by May 2011.

Overall, 53,000 square feet will be added to the facility. All new offices will be outfitted with modern technology like a digital video editing suite.

In addition, the expansion will enable Butts-Mehre to house four new Hydroworx therapy pools, an ortho-radiographic digital X-ray system, and two new physical exam rooms.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Chick-fil-A Kicks Off 2009 College Football Season with FREE Chicken Sandwich Giveaway, Interactive Website for Fans

/PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the second-annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff football game, Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will offer a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich to any customer wearing any sports-related apparel on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, pitting the University of Alabama against Virginia Tech, will be held at 8 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and will be televised nationally on ABC. The following Monday, Sept. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., customers are encouraged to visit any participating Chick-fil-A restaurant wearing their favorite sports-related apparel to receive a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. Appropriate attire includes any article of clothing with a sports team logo - from a little league uniform to a favorite professional or collegiate jersey, hat, t-shirt, socks or other accessory.

"Last year's inaugural Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was a huge success, and we are thrilled to see the excitement building for this year's event," said Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A's senior vice president of marketing. "This promotion has proved to be a great way to celebrate the beginning of college football season, and what better way to celebrate than giving away the Original Chick-fil-A Sandwich?"

In addition to leveraging the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game broadcast on ABC, Chick-fil-A has developed an online campaign to further promote the sandwich giveaway. On Aug. 24, the chain will launch where fans can create a virtual version of a stadium fan "wave" for a chance to win various Chick-fil-A prizes. The site incorporates photos of fans' faces and allows users to invite friends to join their "section." The first 250,000 people to join the Wave will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, and the next 750,000 fans who join will receive a coupon for a free Coke Zero. From Aug. 24 - Oct. 31, the chain will conduct a daily drawing among all Chicken Wave users for a $50 Chick-fil-A Gift Card. In addition, Chick-fil-A will reward the largest Wave section with a free 2010 Chick-fil-A Cow Calendar (which includes monthly coupons redeemable for free Chick-fil-A food).

Last year, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between then No. 9 Clemson and No. 24 Alabama delivered a sold-out Georgia Dome and a prime-time broadcast on ABC, drew the attention of the national media, earned an appearance by ESPN's College GameDay built by the Home Depot and helped springboard Alabama to an eventual No. 1 ranking. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game also provided each university an academic scholarship of $50,000 Chick-fil-A has also been the title sponsor of the Chick-fil-A Bowl (formerly the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl) since 1997 and has helped grow the event to become one of the most competitive and highly viewed games during the collegiate bowl season.

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